How The Coronavirus Is Affecting Military Families

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I grew up in the military and experienced many PCS moves and separation of the family when our dad was on a tour alone, but never had to deal with a major pandemic as the coronavirus. 

I wanted to do a post on how this is affecting military families.  This information is from Military.com   Be sure and go there for more information and possible updated changes on how this can affect you and your family. 

Military families can still travel  with restrictions

  • A temporary travel ban for Military family members as of the middle of March. 
  • The Pentagon has ordered a stop for family members on PCS (permanent change of station or TDY (temporary duty assignment) travel through May 11th, according to the Department of Defense.   
  • Troops are also blocked from taking leave outside their local area, with exceptions for emergencies.  
  • The guidance, however, says nothing about blocking military dependents from other travel although public health officials have advised against doing so. 
  • Restrictions on Americans traveling to overseas locations remain in flux. 
  • That means spouses may be able to take scheduled trips, but their service members will likely be blocked from traveling very far. 
  •  Health-related official travel can still go forward.  
Military families travel impact photo by Foundry Pixabay

You can still travel with health-related Conditions 

  • Military family members and troops are periodically sent by the DOD to hospitals or medical facilities outside their local area and this is allowed. 

Complete your move if you are already traveling for your PCS 

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  • If you’re already traveling for your PCS, you should complete your move. 
  • They should still be mindful of the health protection measures like social distancing and handwashing during their travels. 

All other PCS moves are on hold 

  • All other PCS moves are on hold. 
  •  If you’re scheduled to move between now and May 11, your orders are now on hold in most circumstances.  
  • Just as for leave requests, exceptions will be ordered or granted for moves determined to be mission essential. 
  • Families with questions are asked to contact their chain of command. 

The Pentagon will help if you are homeless in a pending move 

  • If you are homeless due to a pending move, the Pentagon plans to help.  
  • Although officials haven’t released their specific steps for assisting families who have already sold their homes or ended their leases thanks to a pending move, they did state that they will help.  
  • DOD will use all means available to assist service members who were impacted by COVID-19. Contact your chain of command for assistance. 

You might be able to get your household goods back if they have already been picked up 

  • If your household goods have already been picked-up, you might be able to get them back.  
  • Depending on when your household goods were picked up and where they are in the transit process, you may be able to access them. Each situation is different. 
  •  Individuals will need to contact their shipping office to determine if their household goods are still in the local area and whether or not they may have access to them.   
Might get household goods back photo by BilliTheCat Pixabay

If you already shipped your car, you might be able to get it back 

  • If you already shipped your car, you might be able to get it back.  
  • If you dropped off your car for shipment to your upcoming overseas assignment, you might be able to retrieve it, but you must act fast.  Contact the [Vehicle Processing Center] immediately, as they can assist customers with changing appointments, vehicle retrieval and answering any other personal vehicle-related questions you have. 
If you already shipped your car, you might be able to get it back, photo by safecargoautotransport177 Pixabay

In closing 

We are all in this together, but if you are confused about what to do as things can change daily, be sure to contact the appropriate office or chain of command.  Moving and traveling can already be stressful, so be sure to find the support system you can trust or count on.  Military.com or email customersupport@military.com and the CDC or call 1- 800-232-4636. 

May you and your families stay safe and healthy, and your travels as smooth as possible.  

THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE!

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